Scientific Computing Minor

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The study of computing requires a creative imagination and develops analytical and problem-solving skills that are applicable in a wide range of academic and professional careers. The Scientific Computing minor provides students with the academic background in mathematics, statistics, and computer science necessary to understand the applications of computing and information theory in solving scientific problems, both everyday and professional.  In keeping with the interdisciplinary spirit of the field, minors in Scientific Computing complete coursework in the natural sciences, mathematics, and computer science. Students should recognize that an ability to acquire and use mathematical tools is an essential part of this minor.

 

The Scientific Computing minor is an excellent complement to majors not always thought of as allied to computer science such as political economy, business, or psychology, since these fields are increasingly concerned with very large sets of data.

Scientific Computing Minor Requirements

CSC-150Computer Science I: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming

3 credits

MAT-252Discrete Mathematics

3 credits

Additional Math Coursework (3-4 credits):

Complete one of the following mathematics courses.

MAT-150Applied Calculus: a Modeling Approach

4 credits

MAT-175Single Variable Calculus

4 credits

MAT-212Multiple Regression Analysis

3 credits

Additional Computer Science Coursework (3-4 Credits):

Complete one of the following computer science courses.

CSC-270Applied Databases

3 credits

CSC-285Data Manipulation and Visualization

3 credits

CSC-152Computer Science II: Data Structures

4 credits

Science Coursework (4 credits):

Complete one of the following science courses and the associated lab.

BIO-159Cellular Basis of Human Physiology

3 credits

BIO-159LCellular Basis of Human Physiology Lab

1 credit

BIO-201Biology I: Molecules to Cells

3 credits

BIO-201LMolecules to Cells Lab

1 credit

CHE-141General Chemistry I

3 credits

CHE-141LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory I

1 credit

PHY-231General Physics I

3 credits

PHY-231LGeneral Physics I Lab

1 credit

PHY-271Analytical Physics I

3 credits

PHY-271LAnalytical Physics I Lab

1 credit

Total Credit Hours: 16-18

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this minor, students will be able to:


1) Design, implement, and evaluate computational solutions for problems arising in various scientific contexts;
2) Formulate and apply appropriate mathematical or statistical models to analyze data;
3) Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary social and ethical issues related to data science and computation; and
4) Apply scientific reasoning to develop and test scientific questions.